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David Janollari is staging a double comeback: He’s returning to his producing roots and to Warner Bros. TV, where he spent six years in the 1990s.
Janollari, who most recently served as the WB Network’s last entertainment president, has inked a two-year overall deal with WBTV and Warner Horizon to develop projects though his new production company.
“I am excited to be here, at Warner Bros., and to be back in the business, and I’m looking forward to a really good run,” Janollari said.
The pact starts in June, but Janollari is setting up shop and looking to hire a development executive for his yet-to-be-named company.
“David has amazing creative instincts and a very impressive track record both as a producer as well as an executive,” WBTV president Peter Roth said. “We are delighted that he is returning to the Warner Bros. Television family.”
Janollari had a six-year executive tenure at WBTV. He was a key player in bringing “Friends” creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane and Drew Carey to the studio and oversaw the development of comedy series like “The Jamie Foxx Show.”
Janollari took time off after leaving WB in January 2006.
“I traveled, read books instead of scripts and detached myself from the business,” he said. “Now I’m refreshed, rejuvenated and excited to have this opportunity.”
During Janollari’s eight-year stint with producing partner Robert Greenblatt, the duo’s company shepherded such series as HBO’s “Six Feet Under,” UPN’s “Eve” and “One on One” and PBS’ “American Family.”
“I know it pains David to stop traveling the world and start working again, but I couldn’t be happier that he’s going to be producing again,” said Greenblatt, entertainment president at Showtime.
Janollari is planning to develop scripted series for the broadcast networks through WBTV as well as reality and cable projects through Warner Horizon.
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